A mystery unidentified flying object was spotted in the skies above Derbyshire last night.
Dozens of bewildered residents took to social media to discuss the ‘neon green flash’ produced by the UFO which was seen in the sky between 4pm and 5pm.
Debbie Pickard, of Ilkeston, said she saw “three flashes of green light” as she looked out of her office window during the evening on January 8.
The 37-year-old principal added: “It was as if something shot through the houses. It did not look very high and it looked like it was travelling horizontally.
“I checked the range that drones could travel, as I heard a lot of talk about it in Beeston, which is a good few miles away, so it couldn’t have been that.
“It’s a UFO by definition. It was like someone had thrown a frisbee. Me and my dad spotted a similar thing in 1988, it was in the papers then and confirmed on Gatwick radar.
“You do wonder what these things are.”
She added that she didn’t manage to take a photo of the unusual “neon green flash” as it was gone in a matter of “seconds”.
Some other people have said that the flash of light was a blue colour and formed a crescent shape.
One resident, from Beeston, took to Facebook to share their encounter of the mysterious unidentified flying object, reports Nottinghamshire Live.
They said: “I’ve just seen a bright light streak across the sky going northwards in Beeston.
“It wasn’t a firework or aircraft.”
UK Meteor Watch and the American Meteor Society – both websites where people can report sightings – had 63 reports of a ‘fireball’.
One report was from East Leake, with other similar reports of a ‘fireball’ in Stoke-on-Trent, Sheffield and even as far north as Edinburgh.
Dash-cam videos on the website display a clear blue ‘fireball’ type object shooting across the sky – although it remains unclear what exactly it was at this time.
People on social media have suggested it could have been the International Space Station, a cockpit display panel, an F-15 fighter, or a spotlight from the university.